* Posts by LateNightLarry

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

LateNightLarry
Pint

texting while driving...

More fun... How about POLICE texting while riding a motorcycle...

Tempe, AZ...

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/22709103/2013/06/27/tempe-motorcycle-cop-caught-texting-while-riding

San Antonio, TX...

http://www.news965.com/news/news/local/texas-motorcycle-cop-caught-texting-and-driving/nfdwK/

Houston, TX (VIDEO)...

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1303833438001/cop-caught-texting-while-driving-motorcycle/#sp=show-clips

Guess they shouldn't be allowed to issue tickets to other drivers for texting while driving...

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: drink driver nonsense

The local bird cage liner in Napa Valley publishes the list of CONVICTED drunk drivers, after their trial... they don't publish the list of people stopped for DUI, although some who were arrested after an accident caused by their DUI may have their names in the paper as "arrested" along with a list of the various charges. Nowadays, those charges will include "child endangerment" if there were any children in the car, so the local plod are going for maximum punishment/embarassment.

The bird cage liner publishes their list the first Monday of every month... and the list usually has 80-100 names, including their city/country of residence. Because Napa Valley is well known for wines, generally a quarter of the ones named are from outside the area. Hispanic males make up 40-50% of the list every month.

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Tesla is on fire! Model S car sales are red hot – just like their chargers (yow)

LateNightLarry
Holmes

Re: More rushed to market nightmares

The three Tesla fires were caused by metal debris on the road punching through the bottom of battery case.

But then fuel tanks have been known to explode, too... the one that comes immediately to mind is the early model Ford Pintos...

I'm not sure if there are any in other parts of the country, but several limousine companies in the SF Bay Area are using Tesla Model S in daily limousine service, mostly for airport transfers and wine tours. If they're good for 260 miles, that would be two round trips from Napa to SFO without recharging, although the tail end of the second run could be a problem.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Contraptions...

Don't know if this really falls in the same category, but I had the dubious pleasure of working with a bunch of Canon TX-10 Programmable Calculators... These beasts were large, contained two cartridges, one for the program, and one for the data. The window clerks had the same machines with a different program cartridge, for daily activity on the USPS retail window; mine was the consolidation program which transferred the data from the window clerk data cartridges and consolidated it to an office total for the business day. They were prone to crashing, so I had to have at least three program cartridges for each machine, and a half dozen data cartridges for each machine. I could reset the data cartridges, but the program cartridges had to be "repaired" (reprogrammed) by Canon, and had to be mailed to San Diego by Express Mail and returned by EXM as well... Major headaches, but when we got them, they were state of the art for USPS... Now USPS is using computers that are 15 years out of date, 386, running Windows NT4.0.... and apparently no plans to replace them... Can't get the Postal Inspection Service to approve new hardware and programs. I helped set up those black boxes when we installed them in the office, and had to keep them running until I retired... Just about any problems except swapping printers, I could only call the help desk because they were locked down like Fort Knox... Just waiting for the day those old 386 boxes start crashing and they can't get parts for them.

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

LateNightLarry

Re: A couple of root issues

@Tom Maddox... "Unfortunately, San Francisco is so awash in NIMBYs that actually getting new housing or infrastructure put in to offset the growth in demand is a nightmarish process of permitting and hearings which usually takes several years to resolve and which can easily be blocked by anyone who cares to raise a ruckus."

It's not that San Francisco is so awash in NIMBYs as it is that there is almost no place to build a house or apartment building without tearing another one down. The number of vacant lots in San Francisco is on the order of 1/10 of 1%... In many neighborhoods, houses are literally cheek by jowl, with not even enough space between the houses to lay a coat of paint, IF there was room to get the paintbrush in between the houses... Many have no front yards, small back yards, and 3-4 stories. Of course, if you can afford a house in Pacific Heights, houses all have nice yards, with side yards, but price tags upwards of $1,000,000 for many of them.

Even so, it can still take 6-24 months to get the required permits and then finding a contractor who won't put you in the poorhouse just to give you an estimate... and take your two first born children as a down payment.

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LateNightLarry

Re: RAMMING SPEED!!

Maybe the Board of Supervisors should charge Google and all the other private bus lines (Genentech et al) for using city owned bus stops... I have actually seen a Genentech bus picking up passengers at an SF MUNI bus stop on a city street, staying there for several minutes, and completely blocking a MUNI bus from picking up other passengers not going to Genentech... (MUNI is the short form of San Francisco Municipal Railway)

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: Back in the day

Circling the drain since January 20, 2001...

C'mon El Reg... where's my wine glass?

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

LateNightLarry

Re: Not to be racist

I worked with a guy who went a different route... he took his wife's name. Created some headaches when I sent the name change paperwork in to the district personnel office. Human Resources had to have him write a statement and get it notarized showing both his "birth" name and his "adopted" name.

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

LateNightLarry
Pint

Erm...

I can't see why this deserves a patent... A copyright on the design, maybe... but I don't see this as an INVENTION... merely a different visual presentation...

Gotta be wine o'clock somewhere... where's my wine glass El Reg?

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Re: @ Paul J Turner (was: The sanity test will begin-)

Doesn't matter if the car swerves itself or the blockhead behind the wheel swerves it... the end result will still be the same. At least when there's a driver, IF he remembers what he's been told about having a deer in front of him, he WON'T swerve, and just run down Bambi... Swerving hard WILL cause the car to roll... hitting the deer, even at speed, might not, just destroy the front end of the car. When I hit that little whitetail deer at 60 MPH, I didn't have time to swerve, and just hit it square, and did $7,000 damage to the car... but my wife and I walked away with no injuries. One of the pick 'em up trucks that refused to stop to help us managed to load up his freezer out of season.

Barbi, Bambi, not a lot of difference...

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

LateNightLarry

DUMP CAPTCHAS

Far too many CAPTCHAs are so "obscured" that I have to repeatedly ask for a different CAPTCHA... sometimes as many as a dozen or more times... either make them more legible for the average person with age related vision problems or get rid of the damn things...

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Re: love the USofA

For the most part, that's only in some states, those known as "red states" because they're controlled by RepubliCLOWNS or the Xtian Taliban, who believe that everyone is entitled to carry their choice of penis substitutes (aka guns, loaded or unloaded) anywhere they choose.

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Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Alternatively...

This school is in Texas, after all... Texas and its state government have already demonstrated that education is unimportant to them, especially to the governor and the legislature. Why not just give all the kids a choice of attending high school or starting their prison career a couple of years early.

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

LateNightLarry

And so it began

When I first started reading this story, I thought that Deer Trail, CO, must be up in the northwest part of Colorado, one of the seven or eleven or thirteen counties that have proposed seceding from the State of Colorado and forming a new state of North Colorado or some such thing... The NW Coloradans are upset because of some of the legislation passed recently by the state legislature and signed by the governor... Legislation that would REQUIRE background checks for gun purchases among other basic things.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: Well yes

Wouldn't even have to be a shallow pit... it could be very deep, and still be as empty as George Bush the Younger's head.

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: InterNational Historical Park: Yes

InterPlanetary Historical Park, Yes... International, not so much...

T'heck with a glass of Cabernet, make it a damn MAGNUM...

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: I believe OCR is used for sorting the mail

I remember hearing one time before I retired from USPS that just the financial transactions at all post offices nationwide totalled in excess of one BILLION lines of data ... EVERY DAY.

I need a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to be able to wrap my brain around that... but alas, El Reg won't let me have one...

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

LateNightLarry
Holmes

Title is optional..

We should send Crying Johnny of Orange, Myrtle the Turtle McConnell, Eric Cant'or and the other RepubliCLOWN leaders to one of those iron bar hotels...

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LateNightLarry

Re: Tasers when not up to standards...

Use tasers on members of Congress and state legislatures in the US... Trouble is, most of them over-the-hill RepubliCLOWNS couldn't take being tasered even one time without keeling over dead... We might be better off though if we could replace all of them...

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India's eager IT grads fall for fake interview scams

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Re: It's not news.

Why suspend them... just throw them in and push them down with a ten foot pole... or longer if necessary.

As for Paris... why the H*** not?

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol

Maybe the Russians don't consider vodka to be booze...

Since El Reg won't give me a glass of wine, I'll have to pretended this is a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: @murph

I know of a lawyer, specializing mostly in bankruptcy and immigration cases, who HAS offshored a goodly portion of his data entry to the Philippines. The woman who was his office manager here is now managing the entire operation in the Philippines. All the data entry work is done in Manila, then emailed to the office in the SF Bay Area, where it is proofread, then filed in the appropriate court, by email. Works for him.

Gotta pretend that's a glass of wine... but it must be wine o'clock in the Philippines...

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

LateNightLarry
FAIL

Re: USA USA

Somalia? Maybe no working government is better than the crock we have now?

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LateNightLarry
FAIL

Re: Dumb voters want someone to blame

The Electoral College only "chooses" the President and Vice President, not any of the Congressional (NON)representatives in either the House or the Senate. And the Electoral College doesn't necessarily represent the "will of the people" casting votes for President. Each state sets their own rules for their Electoral College representatives, and those representatives don't necessarily have to cast their EC vote according to the voters who chose them... all the more reason to eliminate the EC.

The EC and politics in general are a failure in the USofA.

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Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: Close down the distribution site and move the jobs elsewhere.

Part of the reason the union bakers at Hostess refused to take ANOTHER pay and benefits cut was because top management was awarding themselves big raises and bonuses at about the same time as asking the workers to make another sacrifice... Every time the top management changed, the new managers somehow found money for big raises and shortly thereafter for big bonuses for the executives... but when it came time for negotiations with the workers cried poor mouth... not a good recipe.

It's WINE O'CLOCK somewhere, especially in Napa Valley... where the wine auction raised $16,000,000 last weekend.

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PayPal denies stiffing bug-hunting teen on bounty

LateNightLarry
Pint

PayPal free

I have refused to use PayPal for ANY transaction, either on eBay or any other on line seller... If their only option for paying for something is PayPal... SAYONARA SUCKER.... I can find it elsewhere...

Since El Reg refuses to give me a wine glass, I have to pretend this is a good Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...

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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

LateNightLarry
Pint

I belong to the largest HMO in the US, Kaiser Permanente, that has, with its various branches, about nine million members. A couple of years ago, Kaiser developed an integrated record keeping, prescription ordering, etc., etc. system that has been working well for some time. When I see my doctor, he updates my record on line, places an order for any prescriptions, orders any tests or lab work needed, all while I'm in the examining room. By the time I walk over to the pharmacy, my prescription is ready. I can go to the lab without carrying any paperwork for the ordered tests, and the info is in the computer. I haven't heard any of the staff complaining about problems with the computer system, and the only complain I have is when I need to renew a prescription, and do it on line, it takes up to ten days for the prescription to be mailed from a central mega-pharmacy. But that was the case before they had the computer system for everything...

That's a WINE glass... since El Reg refuses to provide a real one.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Re: OOPS!

Nope... they'd be "buried" in Colorado's SuperMax prison, never to be seen again.

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Red faces as Pentagon leases Chinese satellite

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: Congressmen, please keep it to d*ck-sucking, m'kay?

Well, since most RepubliCLOWN lawmakers are chicken hawks who never served in the military themselves, they feel they're FULLY qualified to pass judgement on what the military needs... like more Abrams M-1 tanks when the majority of the 3,400 tanks the Army has are less than three years old...

I need a drink... put some WINE in that glass, El Reg... a good Cabernet Sauvignon will be fine...

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LateNightLarry
Pint

There's a ship loading for Alpha Centauri, departing in about 20 years... be on it...

That's wine in that glass... I can't get El Reg to add a wine glass for me...

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

LateNightLarry

Re: Way over the top

California has a similar law, and I would guess that most states have something along that line. When my MIL passed, she had very few bills, and we had enough cash from her accounts to pay them off. The only bill we got as a result of the legal notice was a bill from Medi-Cal, for care my FIL had received some years previously. It had been "suspended" until Mom passed, then we got hit for $11,000 from Medi-Cal... Got a far bigger bill from our attorney fighting my wife's neices, who were determined to break Mom's wills (two of them) to get half the estate. The two wills left everything to my wife, and didn't mention the neices at all... Trouble was, Mom didn't have a lawyer write either of the wills (one was on the State Bar statutory will form, the other was handwritten, which is legal in California). Cost us over $20,000 in legal fees, which we got back later from the estate, and we're no longer talking to the b**ch neices...

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LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: When my mother died

However, if the estate has no assets, the bills have to be written off because, at least in California, creditors cannot go after the heirs to collect... They're simply SOL...

Have to pretend that's a wine glass because El Reg won't give me a glass of cabernet sauvignon... or merlot.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: uhuh

You realize, of course, that outside of Chicago and Los Angeles, there are relatively few 12 lane freeways... But the six lane Eastshore Freeway (I-80) between Richmond and the San Francisco Bay Bridge makes up for some of the lack... especially at rush hour.

Where's that da** wine glass?

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: At last, an affordable, practical, decent looking e-car. WOOT Bollo*ks

Actually, I can drive over plowed fields with my V-6 with all wheel drive...

Wrong glass, but make mine Merlot...

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Re: Paris potential?

Wrong kind of "hotness", and not enough body fat for the wick effect...

I'll take her 'hotness' though...

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

LateNightLarry
FAIL

Re: Who actually buys office anyway ?

Hundreds of federal and state and local government agencies.,. The USPS probably buys about 200,000 copies of MS Office for all of its computer systems in the administrative and post offices nationwide... Of course, they may not upgrade it for 3-5 years, until the next rollout of computer systems which will be even more locked down than the current ones.

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

@Rampant Spaniel...

You just have to know where to look to find decent wine in the US... Start you tour in little ol' Napa Valley. Napa Valley has over 400 wineries, some very small to some VERY LARGE... Small ones tend to be the better wines, but even the big boys have some decent fermented grape juice. And do they love to experiment... whether with grapes or specific vineyards, or blending a wine with some small doses of different varietals to produce some fantastic wines. Some are available ONLY at the winery, some are available ONLY by mail order. Some, like Silver Oak Cellars, sell out at the release party, and they only have enough left to sample and sell at the winery, and if you're lucky, you can find their releases at a few high-end purveyors, or maybe your favorite restaurant, like The French Laundry. One of the hardest to get is Screaming Eagle... They offer no tours or tastings at the winery (it's not even listed in the phone book, and only a few lucky limousine drivers know where the winery is located)... the only way you can get Screaming Eagle is by mail order, IF you're on the mailing list, and there's a LONG waiting list to get on the mailing list... of course they also sell out every year, and I have never been able to get a bottle, even a $800 (or more) each.

Paris, 'cause if I had her money, I could afford to get a bottle of Screaming Eagle, or maybe Michael Mondavi's Spellbound, at about $40 a bottle.

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

LateNightLarry
Devil

Re: tut tut

When I was in high school, my parents' telephone number was the same as the local branch of Bank of America except for the prefix... We were constantly getting wrong numbers, and finally my father started responding to the wrong numbers with "Bank of XXXXX, we accept deposits but not withdrawals"... A few months later, Bank of America changed their number, and went to a central switchboard for the entire SF Bay Area... end of wrong numbers.

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Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Re: original intent

Jeeez... Don't give the RepubliCLOWNS any more ideas... If they could keep Blacks or women or any other minority from having even a bb gun, they would move Heaven and earth to make it happen.

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LateNightLarry
FAIL

Re: Nugent

Teddy Nugent is not a survivalist... or a patriot... he's a CHICKEN HAWK, who was so anxious to go to VietNam (NOT!) that he stopped bathing when he got his induction notice, and stopped using a toilet a week before he was supposed to report... actually pissing and sh**ting in his pants that he wore the entire week... The induction station should have stripped him down and turned a fire hose on him... and brushed him down with a rotary wire brush and lye soap... then shipped his sorry @$$ to the worst basic training post in the country... I understand that Ft. Leonard Wood in the winter got pretty cold and the wind just blasted through the knotholes in the barracks walls... I had a cousin who went to Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood...

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Re: TrueCall

I want one that will work with my cell phone lines...

Paris, just because I need some eye candy...

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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

LateNightLarry

When I carried mail for the Eagle, I had a Robert Diamond, aka Bob Diamond on my route... nice guy...

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LateNightLarry
Pint

Re: Rick Champagne (@TeeCee)

Most US producers of the wine formerly called Champagne now abide by the EU regulations, and call their version of bubbly Sparkling Wine or California Champagne (less common) There are still a few who were producing bubbly before the agreement was adopted by the US and who still use Champagne. Of course, if the company producing bubbly in the US is owned by a French Champagne producer, they do not use the term Champagne on their product, per orders from HQ.

Where's my glass of w(h)ine???

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Bloke blasts Sprint for fingering his home as phone thieves' den

LateNightLarry
Pint

Well, if you're in one of the states controlled by friends of the Koch(roach) brothers which has adopted ALEC's "Stand Your Ground" model law (i.e., Florida), just claim you were being threatened... Someone knocking on your door in the middle of the night IS a threat, right?

That's not beer in that glass, it's Chardonnay...Get me a WINE GLASS icon...

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

LateNightLarry
Paris Hilton

Re: So...

Why doesn't El Reg have a WINE GLASS icon yet? I've been asking for one for over a year...

Paris, because she's from California and would rather have fizzy wine, aka Champagne (except France says we can't call it that).

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I tried to buy a satellite and all I got was this lousy $67,000

LateNightLarry
Black Helicopters

Re: Has been spent trying to get a fibre-optic cable moved..

From his one bedroom shared BASEMENT apartment to his new 3 bedroom penthouse overlooking the houses of Parliment.

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Crushing $1.17bn Marvell patent judgment could set record

LateNightLarry
Pint

"So am I one of those people when I ask myself "why does the ebook cost the same as a hardback (sometimes more!), when there's virtually zero transportation costs, printing, binding etc? It costs what the market will pay for it, and that's what it's worth.

And you've hit on the very reason I don't feel compelled to buy an ebook ... If I have to pay as much, or more, for a digital book, I'll just stick with the dead tree version. At least with a dead tree version, I can read while the airplane is taking off or landing without being told to shut down my paper device. And if I want to re-read it six months later, it will still be readable.

It's Wine O'Clock somewhere around the globe...

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Dead Steve Jobs' mega yacht seized by testy Philippe Starck

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Re: iSore

Are you familiar with the Pontiac Aztec? UGLY angular pretense of a car,

or the Dodge Magnum, one FUGLY car... I had the misfortune of driving one for a week.

need to treat both of them to a ground zero event.

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

LateNightLarry
Coat

Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon

You forgot that gasoline is about 20% more in Canada, because they use the Imperial gallon, or maybe litres now...

Mine's the one with the gallon of maple syrup in the pocket.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

LateNightLarry
Mushroom

Re: What I wish would happen to WBC

There was an incident a couple of years ago where all four tires on a WBC van were slashed while they were spewing their hate (in Oklahoma, I think)... When they were ready to leave, they couldn't because of the slashed tires, and every independent tire shop in the town refused to sell them even one tire. They finally had to have the van towed to a nearby city where they bought the tires at a chain store tire center... They had to wait for a break in the line of cars wanting service before they could get their tires... several more hours. The chain store tire center manager said he would have refused them service too, but the store manager gave him a direct order.

Time for the nuclear option on Westboro Baptist Church of Hate...

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